Hook’em From the Get-go

money-43The other day I read an interesting post from one of my favorite author bloggers, Quanie Miller,  about the paramount importance of the first three chapters of your manuscript.  Check that post out here. She offers some great tips for making those first three chapters pop. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’ve been studying publishing for any amount of time, you already know why the first three chapters of any book are important. For one, it’s what you send to agents and publishing houses when querying your work. Two, it’s the standard amount of time you have to hook a reader. Three, it’s one more way for you to get paid as an independent author. If you have any interest in self-publishing, then that last one should have made your ears perk up.

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you how you can rake in the cash by simply having a great hook. As an author, if you enroll your book in Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you’ll get royalties every time a reader makes it past 10 percent of your book! This means that if a reader borrows your book from the Kindle  Owners Lending Library, and they read about the first three chapters, you cash in. It’s a win-win situation.

I still need to explore KDP a little more to weigh in on the pros and cons (perhaps I’ll post about that another time), but for what it’s worth, I think it sounds like a great incentive for authors to allow their books to be a part of the KDP select  program. Some authors may turn their nose up, thinking that allowing their books in the KDP library might tap into their personal sales, but I think it provides awesome exposure. What are your thoughts?

For more information about KDP select click here

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4 thoughts on “Hook’em From the Get-go

  1. Hi Faith,

    Thanks for the shout-out! You know, I haven’t really done that much digging into the KDP program yet but this definitely sounds interesting. Heck, if you can manage to get a book done I think that’s a big accomplishment in itself! But I had no idea, especially about readers getting past that 10%. Definitely food for thought!


    • I’m not totally sure either, Mishka. I really need to do some more research to find out if it’s for me. I know that I’m definitely going to publish through Amazon Kindle and Createspace, but still on the fence about this one. The incentives of earning 10 % royalties on borrowed books AND exposure to the thousands of readers enrolled in the Kindle Owners Library are making me lean towards enrolling my novel in KDP Select. Really, it’s the possibility of gaining fans that draws me. We shall see!


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